Plans Announced for 40th Anniversary Celebration of Metropolitan Herman’s Ordination to Priesthood

The 40th anniversary of the ordination of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman to the holy priesthood will be marked by a special celebration on Tuesday, October 19, 2004, in conjunction with the fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America.

Plans for the celebration were announced on August 20, 2004 by Protopresbyter Robert S. Kondratick, OCA Chancellor.

The celebration will open with a Divine Liturgy and Service of Thanksgiving concelebrated by Metropolitan Herman and members of the Holy Synod of Bishops at the Monastery Church of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, South Canaan, PA at 10:00 a.m. on October 19. A combined choir of seminarians from Saint Vladimir Seminary, Crestwood, NY and Saint Tikhon Seminary, South Canaan, PA will sing the liturgical responses. A buffet brunch will follow at Saint Tikhon Monastery and Seminary.

At 6:00 p.m., faithful and friends are warmly invited to attend the anniversary banquet at the Best Western Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Tickets may be ordered by contacting Mary Sernak, Anniversary Banquet Coordinator, 700 Delaware St., Mayfield, PA 18433; 570-876-5855. Deadline for banquet reservations is October 4, 2004.

During a social hour before the banquet, faithful and friends will have an opportunity to personally greet and congratulate Metropolitan Herman on this joyous occasion.

Those unable to attend the anniversary celebration are invited to send greetings for publication in the anniversary commemorative booklet. Individual, couple or family name listings are available for $50.00 and may be sent to Dorothy Sulich, Anniversary Booklet Coordinator, PO Box 130, South Canaan, PA 18459; 570-937-4411.

“For 40 years, Metropolitan Herman has touched the lives of countless individuals through his priestly and episcopal ministry,” said Father Kondratick. “On behalf of the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops, I want to encourage our clergy and faithful to join us in expressing our thanks to His Beatitude on this joyous occasion.”